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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC wins Davies Award for EHR excellence

The hospital was also the first pediatric facility to achieve Stage 7 for its electronic health record use, the pinnacle on HIMSS Analytics Scale.
By Bernie Monegain
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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. (Google)

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. The award promotes EHR-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing case studies and lessons learned about implementation strategies, workflow design, best practices and patient engagement – all focused on improving patient care.

Earlier, the hospital was also the first pediatric facility to achieve Stage 7 for its EHR use, the pinnacle on HIMSS Analytics Scale.

Among its achievements leading to the Davies Award, Children’s Hospital has leveraged its state-of-the-art data warehouse to improve care and to significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections.

[Also: Pittsburgh children's hospital reaches Stage 7]

Other accomplishments include deploying a variety of clinical data to populate a dashboard to generate a pediatric Rothman Index, a real-time and an easy-to-understand composite score that evaluates the patient’s condition. It enables providers to trigger early preventative measures to significantly reduce ICU admissions associated with pulmonary and cardiac events, HIMSS officials said.

The hospital has also used information technology to improve supply chain management, patient safety and financial outcomes; leveraged RFID technology, bar-coding, patient identification and system automation to improve on-time delivery of medication rates while lowering medication errors by 60 percent, and launched an improved labeling and delivering system that has virtually eliminated errors in breast milk delivery.

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The Davies Award recognizes the "tremendous impact" technological advances have made on care, Harun Rashid, vice president, global health services and CIO of Children’s Hospital, said in a statement.

Jonathan French, director of quality and patient safety at HIMSS North America, commended the hospital leadership for instilling a culture of learning and for its focus on constant improvement.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will be recognized at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which takes place Feb. 29 to March 4 in Las Vegas.

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